Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Western Colorado
Vehicle: 2002 SLK230 Kompressor
Other Toys: Matching CVO Harley
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I took a trip from Alb. NM to Chicago about 5 years ago on my motorcycle. I wanted to try to follow as much of route 66 as possible. What I found was several maps that can direct you as far as stops you want to make, where the old route is, and when to avoid it.
You first need to understand, that I-40 is NOT route 66. It may over lap it, but for all intents and purposes it mostly parallels it. You have to use common sense, because route 66 is not drivable from beginning to end, no matter what you have. There are sections that have been shut down completely to motor vehicle traffic. You can follow many areas of the old route, and if I could take an 800 lb Harley, riding 2 up, when I was 65, you should be able to take your SLK.
The trick is good planning, and when unsure, ask the locals before deciding on the old or new route in any questionable areas.